RIP Steve Jobs, Apple Innovator #ThankYouSteve

Steve Jobs passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2011, but his brilliant innovations will live on.  Yes, there is BIG piece missing now, but Apple will continue to deliver breaking edge technology to its consumers, no doubt.

Can you remember the first time you used an Apple product?

For me, it was middle school. Typing class. In the late 80’s/early 90’s, schools ONLY had MacIntosh computers in the classroom, although they looked nothing like today’s sleek iMac.  Instead, it looked like a huge box with a tiny screen and a thing called a “mouse”. I learned how to type and create letters on that big box.  At the time, I took for granted the technology behind it.

My next interaction with a Mac computer came after marriage.  My husband, a musician, started up an unconventional small business – jingle writing. I remember our conversation.  

“I need a Mac to do this.”

“Why?”

“Macs are the standard in the music industry.”

Almost 11 years later, Macs are still the “standard” in the music and video industry and we have gone through more Power Macs, iMacs, MacBooks, iPods (shuffle and regular), and iPhones that I can remember. There is a reason why Apple stands out from the rest, and I believe Steve’s quote below says it all.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do,” he told the Stanford grads in 2005.

“If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.” – Steve Jobs

(credit: CNN.com)

When I read this quote today, I was truly moved.  “Don’t settle.”  Simple phrase, but speaks volumes.

Rest in peace, Steve.

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